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Poster: Jim F Date: Apr 21, 2005 2:41pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

I remember reading somewhere (deadbase maybe)people would wrap their rigs in the form of a present, saying it was for the band. I thought that was clever. I think it was also in deadbase that someone said at some venue like winterland, the guards would let the people waiting in line for days or hours in to use the bathroom, and they would sneak in decks and hide them in the venues.

God bless you and all the other sore-handed tapers out there. I'm glad enough of you had the foresight to document what was going on before it became the obvious thing to do like it is now.

I was listening to Un-LMA-sanctioned band Pink Floyd 4/8/75 last night, and one guy says to the other, "sorry, you want me to hold it for a while?" It took me out of my listener-enjoyment mode and made me appreciate what these guys did to make tape. I always wondered how those guys were able to stay still and watch out and enjoy a show at the same time. Without a mic stand, that's no easy task to get a good recording and not get caught. I always assumed on those parts where the tape sounds muffled or just different that there was some nearby usher, with flashlight in hand, maybe checking them out.

The banter you'd get on the old tapes truly makes the tape, unlike all the hate-to-say "sterile" tapes made now with the mics up so high. I love hearing some guy on some 70's tape say "have you done this before, does it work" and all that stuff.

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Poster: liranfa Date: Apr 21, 2005 3:22pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Funny taping stories

First of all, I want to thank ALL of you for every effort you made to tape a show. It's difficult and intense work and you have to forfeit some of the fun at shows.....but the rewards are HUGE!

My taping story was at Eugene 6-5-82, Garcia/Kahn acoustic show at South Eugene High School. What was supposed to be a foursome going to the show turned into a sick wife of the taper and him giving the equipment to me and my buddy and said "get a tape if you can". My buddy and I had never taped a show before but had dubbed many tapes. When we got there, there was a woman running the show making Atilla the Hun look bashful. We didn't think there would be a prayer of getting the equipment in. We went back to the car and I wrapped all the chords around my body (their damn heavy) and cassettes taped to my armpits and my buddy had the deck strapped to his back. Upon reaching the front of the line, my buddy goes first...up and down, up and down, up...stop. his hands feel the deck and slowly works his hands around it and let's him go in.....STUNNED!!!!!!!!!!! He pats me up and down and were in. The only thing I can think is that he wanted to make sure a tape got made at the show so he could get a copy later. Needless to say, the next night was a piece of cake. OUr recording is still going around but there are others out there.